Book Review: Post Office by Charles Bukowski

“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”

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Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 22 seconds. Contains 476 words.

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My Rating: 4 Stars

I can’t understand Bukowski, not even slightly relatable. I find him disgusting and even after that I like reading him, I mean his books. And when I need some push to work my way through then it is his poem that helps me, Roll the dice. “If you are going to try, go all the way.”(I literally have the whole narration saved in my mobile.)

This is Charles Bukowski’s first book, published in 1971. It’s a story of a man named Henry Chinaski “Hank”, Bukowski’s literary alter ego.

To start with, I found this book quite funny, it has funny moments and very crude at times. His writing is not tender and he certainly doesn’t talk much about feelings.

The main character is not very aspirational and keeps losing everything and most of it because of his own faults. He is alcoholic, a womanizer, screw all the time. He is seriously all about booze, women, and sex. I find him dark and depressive though sometimes funny, most of the time disgusting.

I don’t really recommend his books to anyone because what should I even say, Oh! do you want to read a book by someone who speaks dirty, use condescending language to portray female characters, a misogynist, and takes self-deprecation to a new height, or I would say do you want to read a book by someone who’s writing can be ugly, offensive and violent but truthful, who is hostile towards women but that is not it, he is actually hostile toward humankind.

So would you like to read it? It’s good(But if you can’t take offense don’t blame me.)

Now coming to the good part, even though the character is an alcoholic he is not totally doomed, deep down he knows that he can’t just die homeless as an alcoholic, so he does work even though the work sucks, he did survive, poorly but still.

“the first place smelled like work, so I took the second.”

He does love his dog and shows kindness to an alcoholic ex-lover. He is not all bad but he’s not good either, never felt sorry for this guy.

The character hates bureaucracy and he has to deal with it throughout the book while he works at the Post office and he finds it stupid and pointless.

I skipped the part with betting on horses, I can’t read anything related to fishing and betting on horses, I do the same thing with Hemingway, I can’t stand it. They write about it, I don’t read it. I skip it and I just assume that they just talked about betting and then losing and winning money.

I like this book and I gave this 4 stars also because of my personal bias towards this guy. I recommend it because everyone should read some Bukowski in their lifetime. I like his poems and short stories more than his novels, seriously. Poems are really good.

 

Book Review: In the Eye of the Storm(Storm and Silence #2) by Robert Thier

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Review: Storm and Silence(Storm and Silence #1)

Book: In the Eye of the Storm

Author: Robert Thier

Genre: Historical Romance

Format: ebook

Synopsis:

In the desert, an instant turns life into death and hate into love. In the desert, everything is different. Boundaries break down, and you find yourself doing things that you would never, ever have imagined.

Lilly Linton finds this out the hard way: in the shadow of the pyramids, she and her boss, cold, calculating Mr Ambrose, must face death and danger together. Is the desert’s heat enough to melt the cold heart of Britain’s richest financier?

Review:

*This copy is provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

My Rating: *5 Stars*

Yes! Giving it 5 Stars.

Okay I don’t know if you read my review of Storm and Silence #1 or not. But let me tell you, I loved that book. I couldn’t put that book down, it kept me hooked up till the end. And yes the end did make me sad. Because I wanted to know, “What happens next?”.

Ya, that book left me wanting more. I’m totally in love with these two characters, Mr Ambrose and Lillian. Oh how much I adore them.

So when I started reading this book and continued with their story, it happened again. I fell in love with this book as well. Yes, I got the answer to my first question, “What happens next?”. But again this book left me wanting more. I’m kinda addicted. I seriously can’t wait to read more of this series.

I really liked the writing. The writing was very well done and the details were taken care of.

I just want more out of this story with a really good conclusion, and I’m eagerly waiting for the next installment!

Characters were real good, story was just amazing, writing was awesome and the book was full humor and sarcasm. Now what else do we need?

What is it in this book? Well, I would say, a whole lot of action, a little bit of romance and some really good adventure.

I loved “In the Eye of the Storm”.

I don’t know what else other people need. But I surely need another installment. There I said it!

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”

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“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

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Just when I promise myself that I won’t read any romance novel, I come across a romance novel that I just can’t avoid reading. Anyway, this is not a romance novel, I was so wrong (the description and read color book jacket fooled me).

The other day(last month), I came across this movie trailer and I literally picked up this book just because of the upcoming movie release and I had no clue what I was getting myself into. However, I’m quiet happy that I did pick this book up.

So, yes I read this book last month around 3 or 4th April. I read this book in one sitting and I remember that night it was raining(and you have no idea how much I love rains!). So, it was a perfect setting “romance + rain” (well it works for me.)

About the Book:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Now about the book. I loved for most of the parts, it wasn’t just romance, but also make you think about your life and relationships with people that you have in your life, be it your significant other, family or friends(kinda philosophy of life stuff). This book made me happy and sad, I can say the story broke my heart in the end.

I liked the writing style and the character development. I guess there wasn’t anything new in the plot(not something extraordinary, you can find plots like this one out there), but what the author did is stir the emotions that are hidden inside the characters and that is something that makes this book stand out. This book makes you re-evaluate things, it makes you ask questions about your life and makes you think, where the hell my life is going. There weren’t many scene that will stay with you after you finish this book, but the way those written words make you feel makes all the difference.

I didn’t like the starting very much, but I’m glad that I read it. This book also showed the beautiful nature of love and how life is a bitch and how once we are trapped, the harsh reality slap hard on the face. The fact that we get attached to people so much so that the mere thought of their absence from our life makes us feel lost and terrible because seriously who are we kidding forgetting is hard be it good or bad. So, ya that is why this book broke my heart, stir those feelings.

“I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?
But I had promised.”

The character of Lou was really good, such a caring person. I loved her.

I totally hated her boyfriend though, Patrick.

The relationship between Lou and Patrick can totally be explaind just by listening to this song, it’s called “I was a fool” by Tegan and Sara

There was just being with each other for no reason whatsoever…

I also loved the character of Will, he was a person who push himself, never settle for anything less than what he deserve and like to live life to the fullest. Loving him and living with him is not easy, but what a wonderful guy!

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I loved the moments that Lou and Will shared…

“…I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other.”

This is not a very coherent review(but none of my reviews are), and I really don’t know where to start and where to end because there is so much to it. I really don’t want to spoil anything for you, I’m forcing myself to not tell everything and I’m seriously missing a bigger picture here in this review. I really don’t want to talk anything what goes between Lou and Will, you should read it yourself.

Just a reminder before you read, half way through the book you may need a pack of tissue papers. Believe me!

And Me Before You  is not a romance novel. Love yes, romance no(a little tiny winy bit).

And the title? You’ll get to know why it’s “Me Before You” for that you have to read the book or maybe this quote will tell you, but then for the inside story you still have to read the book.

“I told him I loved him,” she said, her voice dropping to a whisper. “And he just said it wasn’t enough.” Her eyes were wide and bleak . “How am I supposed to live with that?”

You know what I’m trying to say here, that you should definitely read this book and again remember the tissue papers, I mean it.

Happy Reading!

Book Review : Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”

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My Rating : *4 Stars*

Reading Oscar Wilde book means life is perfect. He’s my favorite  and guess what he never disappoint, I mean never!

I enjoyed this play, Oscar Wilde’s plays are worth reading, they are thought provoking , witty and have well crafted characters and wonderfully written dialogues, which I think everyone can enjoy.

Oscar Wilde is a genius and his wit’s never bore me and every time I read his books I enjoy them very profoundly. My favorite being “The Importance of Being Earnest ” and “The Picture of Dorian Grey “. However every book that I read written by him becomes my favorite. I’m not kidding!

Reading Oscar Wilde is always amazing. That being said, I suggest you to read his books, if you haven’t and let me tell you’re missing something brilliant here.

This play is about a good woman(ya) and is a social comedy. This play pokes fun of the social expectations. Hypocrisy in this play is an important component and lies an important tool to avoid conflicts. It’s a moral play about immoral people.

4 stars because I could not connect to all the characters, as they were so many and I don’t like too many characters in a book, but that is my problem.

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Some quotes from the book:

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

“It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.”

“I talk so trivially about life because I think that life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.”

“What is a cynic?…A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

“Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they’re better.”

And I loved this one:

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

Book Review : Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place.”

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My Rating : *4 Stars*

Either I’m getting old or I’m totally distracted because I just can’t read romance novels these days, let alone young adult *sigh*. But then I went to this terrible vacation which turned out to be the worst vacation ever (it totally redefined the definition of vacation) that I had to find a way out of it, that is when this book came into my rescue. Yes! Anna and the French Kiss. This book totally saved me from losing my mind, huh!(I mean it).

For me this book was 2 days of bliss!

I hate the name of this book and I was seriously trying to hide the book cover every time I was in public or sitting with my family because I knew that if my father would see it, he will be like, “Huh! What a waste of time!” or maybe “What a crappy book!”(he judge a book by its cover.)

But let me tell you. This book was PERFECT!

This book gave that giddy feeling. I mean that cute feeling, where you just blush all the time or when you get butterflies in your stomach, that feeling.

I loved the mutual understanding between Anna and Etienne, and I enjoyed the kind of relationship they had in this book.

I must say I adored Etienne St. Clair. I liked him for he was just too cute, caring and I completely admired his flaws. I guess every one who read this book loved him. But for me I didn’t love him, I liked him.

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Anna, the protagonist, was a likable character. I loved her. She was funny and quiet relatable and had her own quirky bits. So, yes I totally enjoyed her. I didn’t like her when she was obsessing over St. Clair, that was too much for me.

Other characters were just great. They were supportive and well written.

I loved the writing and I would say Stephanie Perkins definitely know how to craft good characters, characters with some depth. I also liked the romance and sexual tension that was built through out the book and the story was believable because you see love like this happening around you all the time( well not all the time, I’m just exaggerating).

What am I forgetting? hmm, yes the love triangle and those egoistical and egocentric people whom you can definitely not ignore in life. I mean who will create the mess if they won’t be there? So, yes this book had all the elements which you can expect in YA novel.

I also loved the description of Paris, France. It made me want to be there and live there. I guess the best part of this story was that it was set in PARIS. I love that city.

This book really made me feel something that I hadn’t felt for a long time, so for me the story was fun and cutesy. When I finished this book, I felt satisfied.

So what do we have? A book set in Paris, a hot(not sure about hot), cute American guy with French name and British accent, a girl who is hilarious, friends who know the meaning of friendship and cutesy romance. Do you still want me to say something?

Read it!

Book Review : Storm and Silence(Storm and Silence #1) by Robert Thier

“Life is not about living the safer option. Life is about living a life worth living.”

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My Rating : *5 Stars*(yes!)

Writer : Robert Thier

Page Count : 580 pages

Format : ebook

This copy is provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! What did I read?

Let me tell you something. This book was absolutely brilliant. I haven’t read much of historical fiction and had no idea what to expect. However, I’m glad that I did read it.

The story was unique and beautifully written. A complete package with a dose of humor, sarcasm, a portion of wittiness, history, feminism(I’m not a feminist, but I adored Lilly), mysterious men, crime and what not.

Not some typical romance novel(even though I was expecting it to be, but no no. I was wrong). There were so many twists and turns, which I didn’t expect. However, at times things were quiet predictable and I knew where things were going. The writer put a lot of efforts on even small details, I really liked that.

There was this particular scene when Lilly and Mr. Ambrose went to east end of London and the description of people and crime around that area made me remember Jack The Ripper case from 1888. That was weird for me because I started thinking about that.

I liked the characters, I loved the writing and the story turned out to be really good. Now what else you need?

I can only say Lilly and that son of a bachelor, Mr. Ambrose, made this story so so much better. I loved their arguments, all the time they spent together and their adventures.

I adored Lilly and I loved Mr. Ambrose.

It was very hard for me to put this book down, and I’m eagerly waiting for next installment.

So did I love this book?

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Book Review : Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell

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My Rating : *3.5 Stars*

If you want to read something funny and want to entertain yourself read this.

This book is a quick and light read and it made me laugh from page one.

It is a collection of the actual conversations between the booksellers and customers in bookshops.And what all weird and funny things people say in bookshops.

Few of them were really good I laughed out loud, few of them I thought were just made up to show the stupidity of people(people are often stupid but not that stupid,I believe).

There are few of my favorites:

Customer: Hi, I just wanted to ask: did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?

Bookseller: …..

Customer: I really enjoyed her first book.

Bookseller: Her diary?

Customer: Yes,the diary.

Bookseller: Her diary wasn’t fictional.

Customer: Really?

Bookseller: Yes…She really dies at the end- that’s why the diary finishes. She was taken to a concentration camp.

Customer: Oh…that’s terrible.

Bookseller: Yes it was awful.

Customer: I mean, it’s such a shame you know? She was such a good writer.


Customer: Would you mind if I photocopied this recipe?


Customer: Do you have books signed by Margaret Atwood?

Bookseller: We have many Margaret Atwood books, but I’m afraid we don’t have any signed by Margaret Atwood,no.

Customer: I’m looking for a birthday present for my wife. I know she’d really love a signed copy. You couldn’t fake a signature could you?


 

Customer(Drops an old, expensive book on the floor by accident): Great Shot!

Bookseller: (glares)

Customer: I mean…sorry.


Customer: I’m always on night shift at work.

Booksellers(jokingly): Is that why you’re buying so many vampire novels?

Customer(seriously): You can never be too prepared.


Customer: I don’t know why she wants it, but my wife asked for a copy of The Dinosaur Cookbook.

Bookseller: The Dinah Shore Cookbook?

Customer: That must be it; I wondered what she was up to.


 

I have heard people saying weird things. However not as weird as they are in this book.

Sometimes few conversations were annoying but other times I laughed out loud. So I can recommend this book to everyone who needs a good laugh.

On a very different note there is this one situation which I guess we all come across when we go for shopping and there are shop assistants who do everything to annoy customers by asking questions like

Can I help you?

Are you looking for anything?

Or just stand right next to you while you shop.

A similar situation is quoted here in this book…


 

(An old lady approaches the till)

Customer: Yes? What do you want?

Bookseller: Erm, I rather thought that I might be able to help you.

Customer: Don’t be ridiculous. Do I look like as if I need your help…?


 

 

Book Review : Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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My Rating : *4 Stars*

‘Never love a wild thing, Mr Bell,’ Holly advised him. ‘That was Doc’s mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up, Mr Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.

‘She’s drunk,’ Joe Bell informed me.

‘Moderately,’ Holly confessed…..

Holly lifted her martini. ‘Let’s wish the Doc luck, too,’ she said, touching her glass against mine. ‘Good luck: and believe me, dearest Doc- it’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.

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This is a novella of only about 100 pages and mostly focus on the main character Miss Holly Golightly.

I’m really indecisive after reading this book and I really don’t know what I want to say about this book.

But I still have things to say but before saying anything else I would like to say that I really liked the book(never watched the movie).

Miss Holly Golightly, have a really vibrant character, she is kind of a woman whose presence can’t be avoided. She is quirky but not very likable but instead she is a seriously flawed woman. I would say a badass main character.

I liked her and I hated her.

Her character is associated with feelings of loneliness, despair, depression, struggle to find the sense of belonging and at the same time not wanting to be caged or tied down. I think this part of her made me like her because I can relate to those feelings and I know what it is like.

“Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.”

On the other hand I didn’t like how she lived on the kindness of other people and how she abandon people who trust her and care for her. In sort her character actually made me sad though she had both good and bad side.

“You’ve got to be sensitive to appreciate her: a streak of the poet. But I’ll tell you the truth. You can beat your brains out for her, and she’ll hand you horseshit on a platter.”

Her story felt unfinished. But I really enjoyed every minute that I spent reading this book. I liked the tone of the book. At times this book turned out to be funny, I mean the dialogues. Over all I liked Capote’s writing and his characterization and I would like to say that the character of Holly seeps deeply into the tone of the book.

It’s a short book and I highly recommend it, it’s dark and it’s believable and won’t take much of your time even if it disappoint you.

Miss Holiday Golightly, Travelling

 

Book Review : I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk

“Life is too short to be miserable.”

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My Rating : *4 Stars*

I followed these hearties for 3 years, I mean I read the first book when I was 15 year old and the last time I read one of these I was 17(I heart Vegas,the last installment that I read).

Okay so a secret, I call these books my guilty pleasure, when ever in my teenage years I needed a enjoyable escapist reading these books helped me. And this series did start with a bang!(I mean it!).

You know what I liked about these book that they kept me hooked up with the story, I had this soft spot for Angela and why I continued reading them because maybe I wanted completeness and the 4th installment provided me with that, so that was my last read because I was satisfied and also I think by that time I was over this genre(that people call Chick Lit, and I totally hate this word,totally!),I just can’t read them now.

Now let me talk about these book, well I call them cute because they are! after you read them you feel all cozy and fuzzy inside.

I want to say Lindsey Kelk, I love you for these hearties at least at some point of time I loved them.

These books are full of emotions, crazy stuff, people who make mistakes(they felt real to me), expensive stuff(which I can’t buy), hotness, some of my dream destinations(Well to tell you the truth I’m not into Chick-Lit but New York, Hollywood, Paris and Vegas made me want to read these books :P), and liters of alcohol(I don’t drink).

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I really love Paris to actually have this on my wall.(no I’ve never been there)

Alex, Angela’s boyfriend, for me was adorable and friendship between Jenny and Angela was remarkable.

Also these books are well written, I really liked the writing style and the stories are not at all predictable(well I Heart Vegas was kinda predictable). And I loved those cute book covers.

These books are relatable as they made me think about all the amazing friends I have in my life(they are few, but all of them are amazing and fabulous).

So these books are lighthearted, uplifting(don’t take it seriously) and I loved them all till I heart Vegas and  I’m not gonna read I heart London (if Angela can’t stand her parents for 10 minutes, how am I suppose to stand them for an entire novel) and I heart Christmas.(I think I’m just getting old :/)

Happy Reading!

Book Review : Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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My ratings: *3 Stars*


When I heard of this book “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler, that’s when I decided that I want to read this book, not that I’m a very big fan follower or something. But who doesn’t like Amy Poehler.

About the book, since it is written by Amy Poehler, I considered it might be written in a funny way. It is not. Well the thing I like about this book that it is written more in a straight forward way and since it is written by Amy Poehler ,it do have funny bits here and there.

As she said in the book that “Yes Please is an attempt to present an open scrap book that includes the sense of what I am thinking and feeling now.”She is right because the book doesn’t fully satisfy either as biography or a comedy book (I don’t know why I want it to be a comedy book, well I guess it’s understood).

And also I’m bit disappointed because this book was kind of boring for me at times. It took me nearly 4 days to get over with it or might be I was not very much interested in reading about improvisation, whenever she talked about improvisation it literally sucked. Oh God!

While reading this book I came across many thoughts,the good,the bad and the disgusting. And when she talked about her life, I was able to review my life.

When I read the synopsis, it says that this book contains many real life advice, it does contain them but most of them are known to us, she just gave them the voice and made them easy to comprehend, I liked that.

The other thing I liked is when her parents talked about the day she was born and then she asks the readers to ask their parents about the day they were born. So,I asked my parents about the day I was born and it was actually a funny story (Everyone should do that, really).

There are Few Quotes I literally liked and they are:

“I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they “want to do” and start asking them what they don’t want to do.”


“That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.”


“People are most beautiful when they are laughing, crying, dancing, playing, telling truth, and being chased in a fun way.” (The truth, I think)


“A lot of people don’t know I am always thisfuckingclose to doing some crazy shit.” (Me too)


“Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors.”


“Also, even though I’m bossy, I like being told what to do by people who are smarter and interesting than me.”


“I know enough now to know I know nothing.”


Her talking about inner demon, high school, friends and stuff was actually fun and relatable and felt good.

While when out of nowhere she referred to “Human Centipede” it was disgusting because for like half an hour I was thinking about that movie (and now you’ll be).

So, I’m giving this book 3 stars since she talked about few of my favorite people, made me think about my past and about the crazy things I did.

I don’t know who I don’t want to recommend this book, but I surely know to whom I want to. This book is for all the people who are big fan followers of Amy Poehler (but might be they already did read this book) and people who want to support Amy’s online shopping addiction (she pointed this out).